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A Precautionary Notice About Consuming Foods Containing Polyunsaturated Vegetable Oils; Even The Most Righteous Of Them All: Flax Seeds

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Flax Oil for Omega-3

When untainted and unadulterated by the food industry, flax seed oil seems to have virtually countless miraculous health-generating properties, which are falsely believed to stem from the oil's omega-3 content. Technically, flax seeds and flax seed oil do not contain omega-3's. They instead contain alpha-linolenic acid, which a body's enzymes use as a raw material to synthesize its own EPA and DHA (omega-3 oils) in exactly the amounts needed to balance the inflammatory omega-6 and 9 oils that are so common in our diets. These facts make flax seed oil superior to fish oil supplements for getting both the exact amount of needed omega-3's, and for getting absolutely pure omega-3's into the body. For these reasons, we have always recommended that only flax seed oil be used for omega-3 supplementation. It may be the most important supplement that a person can take, with it racing closely against vitamin C. It literally is a cure for cancer and it substantially fights heart disease and other inflammatory disorders.

The polyunsaturated fats include vegetable oils such as soy, corn, safflower, canola, sesame seed, sunflower, and flax seed oil. Unfortunately, they all produce an undesirable repercussion when they are used for cooking, due to the fact that they are easily altered with exposure to light, heat, or oxygen. They quickly become rancid and carcinogenic.

Flax seed oil is especially sensitive. Supplemental flax seed oil is usually stored in dark bottles and refrigerated for this reason. If exposed to heat, light, or oxygen, then the oil can quickly become rancid. Polyunsaturated oils become trans fats and worse through break-down. Flax seed oil may develop a profuse odor, and it can become toxic to the point of becoming a carcinogen. The odor is caused by rancidity. It is the reason why dangerous fish oil supplements smell so terrible. That smell is usually much more than just the smell of the fish, and fish oil is usually extremely rancid from the extra processing that is required. Highly-processed fish oil is precisely the omega-3 supplement that is prescribed by the medical establishment, and it is certainly good for business. The rancid trans fats that are produced with shoddy or over-processed oils actually neutralize the useful omega-3 that is already in the body, so the consumption of them is like taking an anti-omega-3 supplement.

"...I investigated the high temperature treatment for fish oils, for the purpose of making them keep longer, and killing their fishy taste. I came to the conclusion that these oils do great harm to the entire internal glandular system, as well as to the liver and other organs and are therefore not suitable for human consumption."

-- Dr. Johanna Budwig, Flax Oil as a True Aid Against Heart Infarction, Cancer and Other Diseases

Flax seed oil has become famous for fostering improved health, so the food industry is offering a plethora of flax seed based foods. There are a variety of food items such as cereals that are marketed for having health benefits, due to the inclusion of baked flax seeds. Remember what heat does? Surely these companies must know what they are doing to people, for these food empires have huge R&D departments.

What is even more incredible is that some products have whole flax seeds, such as granola bars. Whole flax seeds are extremely difficult to digest, unless they are first ground. This must be done just prior to consumption, in order to avoid rancidity. Whole seeds just pass without any digestion, which merely burdens the digestive system, instead of providing health benefits. The destroyed omega precursors neutralize iodine too. In the final insult, they always bake the included flax seeds to ensure that the useful compounds are destroyed.

Once again, the food industry has found a way to toxify an otherwise healthy food, and then it tricks customers who are concerned about their health into consuming it. This is even happening in health food stores.

Our Omega-3 Recommendations

We recommend that omega-3 supplements be consumed in the form of individual, light-resistant capsules to protect the oil from heat, light, and oxygen. It should also be cold pressed. Buy it and all other supplements from health food and herbal retailers, unless you are shopping by way of the Internet. The products found in regular retailers have serious quality control and potency issues. Especially avoid U.S.P. supplements, which are made by, and approved by the pharmaceutical industry. For best results, combine the flax seed oil with a source of sulfur proteins, such as goat cheese, or unhomogenized yogurt.


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Comments (12)
  • Sterling

    I'd like to get a clarification on the use of Sunflower oil. in your article of October 2009, "Toxic Cooking Oils Redux..." you wrote that Sunflower oil is second best to Virgin Olive oil. In this article, you write that Sunflower oil breaks down in light, heat, and oxygen.

    After reading for the first time, in horror, about Canola oil which I'd been using for years having shamefully bought into the whole PR campaign, I'm looking for a alternatives. I'm hoping to seriously mitigate food poisoning/unhealthy food from our diet, realizing it's not completely practical to eliminate in urban environments. I say that because, for instance, olive oil is great, but it doesn't fry well or seem to get hot enough without smoking for popcorn cooking. Sunflower oil works very well at high heat, but if it's breaking down and becoming a toxin, that's not good. You mention peanut oil for frying, but it's not an oil we can find here. So could you clarify the use of Sunflower oil? Is it toxic when heated? Or can you use it as a cooking oil sans frying temperatures? Thank you.

  • Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)

    I apologize for being unclear in the two articles. In "Toxic Cooking Oils Redux", we were referring to the health benefits of sunflower oil, when calling it "second best". It is great in recipes which require no heat, however.

    If peanut oil is unavailable (which is very unfortunate), sunflower would probably be the next best thing, but you should take extra precaution not to reuse the oil. With each time that the oil is used, it breaks down further. Unfortunately, most oils can become rancid quickly on exposure to heat and light, and so choosing the best ones can be challenging.

  • SBJ  - Mr

    The only fat suitable for frying is Coconut Oil.
    Check Ray Peat's articles about it, also Dr Mercola.
    It also boosts metabolism and energy.
    But it must be Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Lower grades often come with an off putting smell or taste.

  • ubear  - Palm and Avocado too?

    How about Palm oil and Avocado Oil, they should be quite heat resistant?

    I personally don't understand the need for deep frying, it seems such a waste of oil, and apparently makes carcinogens in food.

    I tend to use one of those huge glass bowl halogen fan cookers for cooking chicken, it seem quite quick and energy efficient. I attached a trimmed spatter guard to the guard under the heater/fan lid, to stop the halogen tube from getting spattered with fat and breaking (2 times already!), it seems to be working so far. I also found that a large round, silicone rubber, pie container can also fit, as an alternative to the enamelled, round, metal tray they are normally supplied with.

  • Alane Wright  - Flaxseed

    So after reading this and other articles on your sight, I believe grinding up flax seed immediately at the time of use is ok. I put flax seed in my green smoothie every morning and grind it up right before adding all the other ingredients. I don't believe there is any time for it to become rancid if used this way. Am I correct? :?:

  • Anna Coulter  - The best source of Omega-3: Clary Sage Seed Oil

    A lot of people still do not know about clary sage seed oil. It contains Omega-3 from the seeds of a sage plant and is stable in room temperature up to two years. It has a lot of other medicinal components. It is now available in the US, produced in Israel.
    I use it for people with cancer and other inflammatory illnesses.

  • Tara

    I've been looking for flax seed oil capsules, found one I liked that had no soy, no yeast and no additives in it. But on the bottle it says do not use if you're pregnant or breastfeeding. Isn't being pregnant the best time to take flax seed to get the proper amount of EPA and DHA? It also says not to use longer than 3 months, don't really get that warning either.

  • Rachel Taylor

    I am a little confused; I keep my flaxseeds (linseeds to me being in the UK) in my dark pantry. I consume perhaps 1/2 teaspoon every morning with my full fat organic yoghurt, along with sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds (& raw honey).
    Do whole flaxseeds turn rancid? What about the other seeds?
    Should I be grinding them instead?
    Thanks :-)

  • Robin Cochran  - re:
    Tara wrote:
    I've been looking for flax seed oil capsules, found one I liked that had no soy, no yeast and no additives in it. But on the bottle it says do not use if you're pregnant or breastfeeding. Isn't being pregnant the best time to take flax seed to get the proper amount of EPA and DHA? It also says not to use longer than 3 months, don't really get that warning either.

    I know this is about 9 months late Tara, but I found this in regard to your "But on the bottle it says do not use if you're pregnant or breastfeeding. Isn't being pregnant the best time to take flax seed to get the proper amount of EPA and DHA?"

    From the University of Maryland Medical center

    Some researchers think pregnant women shouldn't take flaxseed, because it may act like estrogen in the body. Ask your doctor before taking flaxseed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

    Their information on flaxseed oil vs. fish oil seems to conflict with what I've read here. So it just feeds into the ole, "They all want you to be confused.", theory.

  • Maria  - Endometriosis

    Should women with endometriosis use flax seed oil?

  • Amy C  - other omega-3

    I don't remember if I've asked about it before or not, but what about chia seeds or camelina ("wild flax") oil? Are they better/worse than flax or about the same?

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